ENVIRONMENT

Snow Amounts Not Significant, But Strong Winds and Coastal Flooding Still Pose Hazards

The strength of the latest winter storm is starting to be felt today. But the story of this nor’easter will be mostly about continuing winds through the overnight and flooding along the Atlantic coast, Delaware Bay and Raritan Bay, according to Gary Szatkowski, Meteorologist-in-Charge at NOAA in Mt. Holly.

Szatkowski told NJ Today Managing Editor Mike Schneider that snow is becoming less of a threat with this storm, with accumulations of an inch or two. “we might go a little higher where you get close to the two-inch near the I-95 corridor, particularly up toward the Middlesex and Monmouth [area],” said Szatkowski. “But really … they’re pretty small amounts really anywhere across the state and nothing too big.”

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Szatkowski said the wind will be felt throughout the night and into tomorrow. “We’ll still see along the coast wind gusts [of] 60, perhaps up to 70 miles an hour overnight, inland 40 to 50 miles an hour. Tomorrow, it’ll be lower, still windy, but nothing like what we’ve seen today.”

Flooding along the coast continues to be a concern. Coastal communities will be looking at the high tide that’s coming up the Atlantic coast before sunrise Thursday morning. “That definitely looks like it’ll be well into the moderate category,” said Szatkowski. “A few spots may get some major [flooding] and there’s going to be a lot of wave action. Buoys off the coast [are] reporting seas of 14, 16, 18 feet. So a lot of good waves along the shore through the night.